Fraternal Forest

Wilderness and Adventure School


Our team consists of three background checked, Pediatric Basic Life Support certified playworkers, two assistants and our valued young volunteers. 



Grew up in the wild woods of southern Michigan.  She is a physicist who for years researched non linear optics, then switched career and became an educator with Forest Playschool and now with Fraternal Forest, where she witnesses "particle collisions".



Founder and co-director of Fraternal Forest, has a background in Science from her previous life, but after her children came (now 7 and 5 years old) developed a deeper love for Natural Sciences and experiences. Hopes that by treating children like sourdough and exposing them constantly to the natural environment, they will get some forest spores deposited in their souls, and when they mature, in 30-something years, they are part person part forest. As we all should be.


UofC graduate decidedly in love with woodcraft.  He can guide both adults and youths in on-the-ground projects that involve large logs, sharp tools, and short attention spans. He is incredibly curious and could keep anyone engaged in conversation perpetually.


A naturalist and educator from Chicago with ten years of experience working with children in the field of outdoor education. She is especially interested in figuring out how the children of the 21st century will grow into the role of earth stewardship. Her all time hero is May T. Watts, author of Reading the Landsacpe of AmericaYou can find Kathleen most days gardening, playing the guitar, hiking in a prairie, or some combination of all three - on a bicycle!



Former Floridian Boy Scout. Attends HS and spends his weekends exploring the city with his siblings. Nathan is also part of the Lady of Lourdes and St Benedict's Soup kitchen's and is part of the Second City Improv Team.



Junior at Jones College Prep. Enjoys working with children specially outdoors. Has volunteered at the North Park Village Nature Center as counselor for many years. As well as at the Caring for Kids summer camp coordinated by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Has also participated in his school's Best Buddies program. 

Fraternal Forest, L3C is a low profit social enterprise and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.

Never the same.